Petersen paddles to double as Banbury seal third place

Joe Petersen on his way to victory in the doubles at Reading
Joe Petersen on his way to victory in the doubles at Reading

Banbury Canoe Club fought off tough competition to come third in the National Canoe & Kayak Marathon Championships for the second year in a row.

Joe Petersen, recently back from the junior European championships, led the way with under-18 national titles in both singles and doubles at the championships.

Noah Moxon almost emulated Petersen with the under-12 national title in the doubles and third in singles.

At the other end of the age scale, former Olympian Robin Avery came second in the over-64 singles category and third in the over-54 doubles category.

Izzy Bayliss, competing in the Lightning competition, came third in the under-10 female category.

Forty seven Banbury paddlers spent the weekend on the River Thames at Reading where the finals started with the singles on Saturday.

In his under-18 singles race, Petersen managed to stay with the leading pack until after the last portage when he used a massive burst of speed to breakaway. He came home with a 28 second lead after one and half hours of racing.

Avery came second in the over-64 category, just being pipped at the post having led for most of the race.

In the under-12 category, Moxon was able to stay with the leading pack until the final sprint where he came third.

There were a string of impressive results from other singles paddlers to give the club 221 points by the end of the day and put the club in the top six clubs in the country.

The doubles crews raced on Sunday with the same paddlers in the top positions.

Petersen and Moxon both dominated their races from start to finish while Avery, paddling down in the over-54 doubles category, had to fight out a competitive race coming third in a really tight sprint finish.

The remainder of the club piled on a massive 467 points to slip into third place overall.